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SkillSet Spring 2021

Skillset is redefining the alpha lifestyle. Providing an uncensored perspective on mainstream topics from politics, sports, family, fitness, technology - any and everything affecting our culture today.

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United States
Athlon Media Group
4 Issues

in this issue

4 min
your guide to navigating new year’s resolutions

The textbook definition of a New Year’s resolution is a promise to do something differently in the new year. Sounds easy enough, especially if you’re doing it for good reasons, right? So, why is it so hard to stick to these annual promises we make to ourselves? Sometimes, it seems as though the odds of keeping even one New Year’s resolution are slimmer than my chances of taking Sigourney Weaver out on a date. (Don’t tell me there’s not still hope!) Perhaps the high rate of failure of New Year’s resolutions (upwards of 80%, according to the internet) is because what most people come up with are asinine, hypocritical, unrealistic and too-nonspecific instances of wishful thinking. Many resolutions are utterly beyond what any one person could reasonably assume is within their…

4 min
skillset edc

1 TAURUS .45/.410 JUDGE, 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY ENGRAVED REVOLVER (MSRP $599.99) Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have a pistol-sized shotgun? Welcome to the world of the “Judge.” Capable of chambering both .410 2.5-inch shotshell and .45 Colt ammunition, this amazing combo gun is ideal for short distances—where most gunfights occur—or longer distances with the .45 Colt ammo. This beauty has custom rosewood grips, with custom engraving along the entire hand cannon. 2 THE KNUCKLES (MSRP $200; GLGKNIFEWORKS.COM) Who wants to get smashed? This handcrafted “dental tool” is made in the foothills of New Hampshire and is completely nonmetallic. It’s made with 1/2-inch thick G10 and has angled file work for a pineapple-grenade finish on the business end. “Bad Daze” has an overall length of 4.25 inches, with a 2.75-inch width. Perfect pocket carry! 3…

4 min
pissed off patton: the day “old blood and guts” marked his territory at the rhine river

GEN. GEORGE S. PATTON was one of the big successes of World War II and also one of the key players in accelerating the close of the war in Europe. It is also widely known that Patton’s personal style of commanding troops was fueled by egotism, pride, a sense of entitlement, and that he employed a tremendous amount of humor and vulgarity to earn the love of his soldiers. It is written that even his beloved dog Willie had a bust of Hitler for the pooch to urinate on when he traveled with the general. Back in those days, the press was different than today, and they used greater discretion to protect the privacy and reputations of generals and other American leaders during the war. While Patton’s “blue” humor and…

5 min
the timeless pursuit: how hunting does more for wildlife conservation in the united states than all the eco-charities combined

After unregulated hunting and the sale of game animals in the 19th century nearly drove many of the continent’s great species to extinction, President Teddy Roosevelt and other forward-thinking sportsmen created what is known today as the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The model, which has become the gold standard for wildlife management the world over, is based on a set of seven core tenets that work together to ensure the survival and proliferation of game animals. They are: 1. Wildlife is a public trust. You can own the land deer live on but never the animals themselves. Game animals are to be managed as a public resource. 2. Sale of wild game is prohibited. While you can buy nonnative wild animals, you cannot trade in native game species, dead or…

2 min
wit or widdout? the legendary philly cheesesteak

“Hey! Yo, Tommy! Ga head an’ gimme a wiz-wit and a wooder.” “What? Youse turning into a Cowboys fan or sumtin’? Have a Yuengling with it, ya douchebag!” Sound like Chinese to anyone? Well, it’s not. It’s the local dialect of the birthplace of one of the finest foods around. Philly’s invention of the cheesesteak in the ’30s (more specifically, by Pat Olivieri, of Pat’s King of Steaks lore) will go down as an all-time classic in America’s Culinary Hall of Fame. Thousands upon thousands of places around the world have copied and adapted the original, and for good reason—it’s a masterpiece. How could you go wrong with thinly sliced steak topped with cheese and an array of toppings on a soft roll? The answer: You can’t, dum-dum. It’s perfection for a…

1 min
skill set

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